New pro­gramme for prospec­tive teach­ers

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

DUNDEE Univer­sity has launched a pi­o­neer­ing new post­grad­u­ate pro­gramme for prospec­tive teach­ers which com­bines aca­demic study with men­tored place­ments.

The ini­tia­tive aims to ad­dress Scot­land’s chronic short­age of STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) teach­ers.

From Jan­uary, the univer­sity’s school of ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial work will wel­come up to 35 stu­dent in­ductees on to a 52-week sup­ported in­duc­tion route for po­ten­tial chem­istry, com­put­ing, home eco­nomics, math­e­mat­ics and physics teach­ers.

The scheme in­te­grates the ex­ist­ing one-year Pro­fes­sional Grad­u­ate Diploma in Ed­u­ca­tion (PGDE) qual­i­fi­ca­tion and the pro­ba­tion­ary year un­der­taken by new teach­ers.

Stu­dent in­ductees re­ceive a £22,400 salary from the out­set and are able to be­come fully reg­is­tered with Gen­eral Teach­ing Coun­cil for Scot­land sev­eral months ear­lier than at present. The three-year pi­lot is be­ing funded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Picture shows the speak­ers at the launch: Karl Ley­decker, (vice prin­ci­pal of learn­ing and teach­ing), Neil Tay­lor (as­so­ciate dean of qual­ity and aca­demic Stan­dards) and Lau­ren Boath (Path­way di­rec­tor PGCE).

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